England Under 21s overcame the shadow of poor performances and lacking mentalities that loomed over them following their disastrous European Championship performance this summer.
They confidently, comfortably and convincingly beat Scotland 6-0 at Bramall Lane last night with Roy Hodgson at the helm before the seniors take on the Scots tonight at Wembley.
Nathan Redmond struck after only three minutes to kickstart what would be a long night for those north of the border.
Raheem Sterling doubled England’s lead just before half-time despite looking offside from Connor Wickham’s flicked ball.
Jordan Archer must have felt similar embarrassment to England’s flops in Israel just after the break as he completely scuffed a drop-kick to gift Wickham the chance to make it three.
Ross Barkley added a fourth before Jonjo Shelvey thumped in a fifth goal from distance.
Redmond turned provider for Tom Carroll to add a sixth before the final whistle sounded to give England a relieving win against their arch rivals.
Roy Hodgson told the BBC: “They really did take their chances with both hands.
“A lot of those players would certainly not be out of place in the senior team – albeit, I must say, from working with the seniors for the last couple of days, I have been pretty impressed with the quality of the technique and the desire and the ambition we have there.”